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Paul Pogba likens Antoine Griezmann to N’Golo Kante following his France WC victory over Morocco

Paul Pogba likens Antoine Griezmann to N’Golo Kante following his France WC victory over Morocco

Paul Pogba compared Antoine Griezmann to N’Golo Kante after the reborn France midfielder covered every pane of glass during their FIFA World Cup semi-final victory over Morocco.

Griezmann has enjoyed something of a resurrection in Qatar this winter, playing a pivotal role in France’s progress to a second consecutive World Cup final, where he will face Lionel Messi, and excelling in a newly-assumed box-to-box role.

The Atletico Madrid star, a well-known second striker or wide forward prior to this tournament, has been one of Les Bleus’ top players after being repositioned in a deeper midfield role.

Griezmann has demonstrated a different side of his game in the Middle East, frequently running back into France’s own half to help halt opposition attempts and win the ball back for his team.

In Wednesday’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Morocco, he was exceptional, making seven defensive contributions, including two tackles, two interceptions, three clearances, and one block. Only Jules Kounde and Ibrahima Konate were better on the night.

Griezmann’s transformation in Qatar has been astonishing, and injured midfielder Pogba believes he is mimicking France teammate Kante.

He wrote on Instagram: ‘Griezmannkante.’

The Juventus star also shared his delight at the potential of consecutive World Cup victories by saying, ‘It’s near.’

Pogba was not the only one to compare Griezmann 2.0 to the lively Chelsea midfielder Kante; Blues great Didier Drogba also made the comparison while serving as a BBC analyst.

“Antoine Griezmann has surprised me but he has the intelligence and quality to do it,” Drogba said.. “He looks more like Kante than Griezmann!”

Alan Shearer was also impressed with Griezmann, saying: “He’s a super talent, a really clever player who reads the game really well. When you think of the players they’ve got missing, him and Aurelien Tchouameni were fantastic on the defensive work.”

Paul Pogba likens Antoine Griezmann to N’Golo Kante following his France WC victory over Morocco

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